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Congo-American Language Institute (CALI)

November 10, 2014

The Congo American Language Institute (CALI) is the English language program of the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Since 1962, CALI provides quality English instruction to government officials, students preparing for studies abroad, and other professionals in the city of Kinshasa.

CALI offers a six-level program of English instruction: beginner to advanced classes.  A certificate is given upon successful completion of level 6 (upper-advanced). These courses are offered on an intensive basis. There are four sessions a year with two-week breaks between sessions (see dates below).

Intensive courses meet five times a week, 10 hours a week for a total of 100 hours. Intensive courses cost $245.00 USD, including 2 books and a CD.

For students who have completed Level 6 or are advanced English speakers, CALI offers the following courses:

  • Business English
  • Advanced Conversation
  • TOEFL Preparation
  • Writing

The TOEFL Preparation Class meets 5 days a week for a total of 100 hours of instruction; its cost is $220.00. The other advanced courses mentioned above meet twice a week for a total of 50 hours per session and cost $100.00.

In addition to courses on-site, CALI also offers courses to businesses on their own premises. Presently, CALI provides both on and off-site courses for several local and international companies, government agencies, the United Nations and NGO’s.

CALI also continues to offer a number of English training outreach programs targeting under-served populations, called the Access Microscholarship Programs, and runs developmental events for teachers and other education professionals throughout DRC.

One of CALI’s major assets is the dedication and expertise of its staff. The majority of the staff has been with CALI for at least 8 years. Furthermore, 52% of the teaching staff holds PhDs or Masters from US or European universities. The others hold MA and BA degrees from the DRC or other countries. All have extensive ESL/EFL experience.

CALI serves as an important bridge between the cultures of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the United States. The institute has an average of 1,200 students per session, and several high-ranking government officials and businessmen are graduates of CALI.

2015 Course schedule

1. First Session

- Registration Period          : December 1 to 19, 2014
- Placement Test                : December 8 to 22, 2014
- Beginning of the session : January 5, 2015
- End of the session           : March 18, 2015
- Graduation ceremony      : Saturday, March 21, 2015

2. Second Session

- Registration Period          : March 2 to 25, 2015
- Placement Test                : March 9 to 27, 2015
- Beginning of the session : April 6, 2015
- End of the session           : June 16, 2015
- Graduation ceremony      : Saturday, June 20, 2015

3. Third Session

- Registration Period          : June 1 to 24, 2015
- Placement Test                : June 8 – 26, 2015
- Beginning of the session : July 1, 2015
- End of the session (Adults) : September 10, 2015
- End of the session (kids) : August 29, 2015
- Graduation ceremony      : Saturday, September 12, 2015

4. Fourth Session

- Registration Period          : August 31 to September 25, 2015
- Placement Test                : September 8, 2015
- Beginning of the session : October 5, 2015
- End of the session           : December 16, 2015
- Graduation ceremony      : Saturday, December 19, 2015

For general information about English courses please contact:
 
admin@cali.cd  or recep@cali.cd 
For information about English courses for companies please contact:
prc@cali.cd
For advice about studies in the United States: Open Mondays - Fridays
edadvisor@cali.cd

E-mail addresses:

doc@cali.cd    April Gwen Ellsworth, Director of CALI
admin@cali.cd  Kyungu Lwamba, Administrative Assistant         
prc@cali.cd       Flavien Kanika, Off-site Program Coordinator
recep@cali.cd   Nelly Kazadi, Receptionist
cord@cali.cd     Ramatu Afegbua-Sabbatt, Teacher Coordinator
edadvisor@cali.cd   Yvette Shungu, Academic Advisor

Telephones:

• 097 – 261 – 6123
• 097 – 261 – 6122
• 097 – 261 -  6139

Location

Address:
Utexafrica Complex
374, Avenue Col. Mondjiba
Kinshasa, Ngaliema, DR Congo

CALI 50th Anniversary- History

  • CALI's new Logo. (State Dept. Images) Learn about CALI’s long history in the DRC!

Contact Information

  • E-mail addresses:
    doc@cali.cd  
      April Ellsworth, Director of CALI
    admin@cali.cd  
       Kyungu Lwamba, Admin Assistant         
    prc@cali.cd  
      Flavien Kanika, Off-site Program Coord.
    recep@cali.cd  
       Nelly Kazadi, Receptionist
    cord@cali.cd 
      Ramatu Afegbua-Sabbatt, Teacher Coordinator
    edadvisor@cali.cd 
      Yvette Shungu, Academic Advisor

    For general information about English courses, please contact:
    admin@
    cali.cd or recep@cali.cd
    For information about English courses for companies, please contact:
    prc@cali.cd

    Telephones:
    • 097 – 261 – 6123
    • 097 – 261 – 6122
    • 097 – 261 – 6103

    Further contacts at:
    Address:
    Utexafrica Complex
    374, Avenue Col. Mondjiba
    Kinshasa, Ngaliema, DRCongo

    For information about studies in the USA:
    E-mail:
    edadvisor@cali.cd

TOEFL

  • • Education Advising Center
    OPEN Monday through Friday
    Tel.: 097 261 6103
    E-mail: edavisor@cali.cd
                ShunguY@state.gov

    • TOEFL/GRE Preparation

     1. GRE Test 

      
    Oct. 18, 2014 - General
      Nov. 8, 2014  - General
      Feb. 7, 2015  - General
      Apr.18, 2015  - General

      Venue: CALI

    2. TOEFL

      Oct. 18, 2014 - General
      Nov. 15, 2014 - General
      Jan. 10, 2015  - General
      Apr. 11, 2015  - Subject

      Venue: CALI